The new Pretoria headquarters for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
The DEA building achieved a six star green office v1 design rating based on the fact that the structure reflects the culture of the institution, the way they work and function as well as the institutional purpose, beliefs and service to the country and the community. The design responds to an environmentally sensitive and sustainable architecture and hosts an array of sustainable technologies
Alternative paradigm shifting procurement role model – The Department of Environmental Affairs reflects the commitment to set the standard for other developers, government institutions, public–private partnership projects and private enterprises, to strive for environmentally friendly buildings.
Innovation in procurement processes and across the full project lifecycle – The architectural design represents a coherent response to a host of complex requirements by the client team, including spatial, cost, environmental, operational and security considerations.
Demonstration to all spheres of a government of what is achievable, and quantifying operational costs over its full lifecycle – The real value of this building lies in the fact that this is the first measurable implementation of sustainability policies that has been years in the making, within a government building.